Getting a student job might seem intimidating for those who are just getting started. The competition in between students is very high. University cities are filled with hardworking people who need to make some extra money. In the Netherlands, finding a job can get more difficult for students who don’t speak Dutch but still need part-time work.
But don’t worry. Even though it might seem like there aren’t many choices and the application process is endless, there are multiple options for anyone who wants to earn some money working flexible hours.
Here are six student jobs for those who have never worked before:
1. Customer Care
A popular student job is customer care. Working at a call centre can be very flexible. You will be trained to greet the customers and you can choose the working hours that best suit you and your university schedule. With the high number, of international people in the Netherlands, call centres look for people who speak English and sometimes an extra language. It is a great way to get some money and still be able to enjoy student life to the fullest.
Retail is the number one choice for anyone without any work experience, mostly during the holiday season (Christmas) and for the summer. Places such as Primark, Zara, and grocery shops need help with the high amount of customers flooding their shops. They welcome any extra hands to give customers a great experience.
Some might require previous experience but truly desperate shops will gladly train someone new. Not only will you get the chance to work with people but the shop manager will be able to train you properly and teach you all the secrets and the skills required to be the best at your job.
Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam have better options for international students: they are highly internationalized cities and, mostly in Amsterdam, shops are filled with foreigners that need help in different languages.
3. Fast food joints
Love them or hate them, fast food restaurants can be the place to learn new skills. Joints like McDonald’s give opportunities to untrained students and they provide full training and manageable working hours. Although it might not be appealing to everyone, you learn to move fast, work under pressure, and gain skills which can translate to another part-time job or a future career.
4. Employment agencies
Agencies such as Young Capital and Susan Cater can help students find their perfect first student job. You can tell them your skills and the languages you speak and they'll find jobs that best fit your personality. There is no stressful job search and the diverse types of positions they find provide people with a variety of useful knowledge and are never repetitive or boring.
Restaurants need drivers to bring their food to people. It is really easy to get a bike and become a driver for apps such as Foodora, Deliveroo, and Thuisbezorgd. Delivery jobs don’t require any previous experience. You just need to know how to ride a bicycle or drive a car. The hours are flexible and ideal for students. In fact, Takeaway.com actively hires students through College Life Work. In addition, Dutch is not required as a first language in order to become a driver for these apps. The only downside might be having to smell the amazing food without actually being able to eat it!
Lastly, tutoring is always an option. Make some extra money tutoring others in your native language! You don’t need any experience: your knowledge of the language is enough to get you some extra money as a tutor, mostly for other fellow students who are desperate to travel and need some tips. You can meet new people and learn from their culture as well as getting some extra cash.
There are endless options out there for you to find the job that fits you best.
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